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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune
May 28, 2015 6:09 pm
The Stanley Cup Finals will begin Wednesday, but the teams and sites won't be known until the Eastern and Western conference finals are decided. The NHL said games will be on Wednesdays, Saturdays and...
May 28, 2015 5:39 pm
Melbourne International Airport officials say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground. Christopher Hall was charged Wednesday with reckless operation of ...
May 28, 2015 5:30 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- To avoid the appearance of conflicts, many lawmakers said they would not raise campaign cash leading into a June special session where they will write the state's $80 billion budget. Ta...
May 28, 2015 4:57 pm
The Associated Press A private corporation that runs the University of Central Florida's athletic program won't have to pay $10 million to the family of a football player who died during practice, t...
May 28, 2015 4:49 pm
CONCORD, N.H. - George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thu...
May 28, 2015 4:48 pm
HOUSTON -- Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger Thursday as the runoff kept pouring into rising rivers, and officials warned ...
May 28, 2015 4:15 pm
A memorial service will be held Saturday for former Saint Leo University sports information director Walt Riddle, who died earlier this month at age 76. Riddle served as Saint Leo's sports information...
May 28, 2015 3:46 pm
The Universal family of theme parks will be opening its third water park in 2017. Universal's Volcano Bay will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, park officials annou...
May 28, 2015 3:39 pm
The new ride is set to open next year. It features a 70-foot vertical lift where riders will come face-to-face with an 80-foot snake icon before traveling up to 40 mph over the park's Serengeti Plain...
May 28, 2015 3:25 pm
Pasco County sheriff's deputies have safely located a 90-year-old Hudson man who went missing on Wednesday afternoon. Abdon L. Placzek was last seen by his wife driving away from his Teasdale Avenue r...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 11, 2014 8:07 am
Beautiful weather for The Final Round
May 10, 2014 11:41 pm
Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park
May 10, 2014 6:58 pm
Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...
May 10, 2014 6:46 pm
Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'
May 10, 2014 6:29 pm
Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.        ...
May 10, 2014 5:49 pm
A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.
May 10, 2014 12:44 pm
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.       &...
May 10, 2014 12:13 pm
An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples
May 10, 2014 10:28 am
A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.       &a...
May 9, 2014 11:56 pm
Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2015 5:36 pm
A judge will now decide whether Santa's sleigh should be grounded.
May 28, 2015 5:28 pm
A high speed train between South Florida and Orlando would eventually attract 7 million riders a year and generate $400 million in revenue, according to report released today by All Aboard Florida. ...
May 28, 2015 5:13 pm
A busy beachside stretch of southbound A1A will be closed or reduced to one lane beginning early Friday for the Red Bull Global Rallycross car race on Saturday and Sunday.
May 28, 2015 5:48 am
A 19-year-old man is facing grand theft charges after he was seen stuffing rifles down his pants at a pawn shop in Davie, according to court records.
May 28, 2015 12:34 am
When a pharmacy technician asked Lynn Averill why she was prescribing oxycodone and methadone to most of her patients, the former Plantation doctor shouted back, "Because I'm a doctor!" acco...
May 27, 2015 9:46 pm
A construction company's employee was burned while working on electric power lines at the Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, a city official said.
May 27, 2015 9:44 pm
Authorities urge anyone who can identify the robber who held up a Sunrise bank Wednesday afternoon to help the FBI.
May 27, 2015 8:29 pm
The city is kicking off its 60th anniversary party on the exact day Saturday with story-telling, lawn games and a movie presentation.
May 27, 2015 7:46 pm
Joining other weather teams, government forecasters on Wednesday called for a slower-than-normal hurricane season, adding fuel to the debate over whether the 20-year era of tropical intensity is final...
May 27, 2015 4:57 pm
Don't be alarmed by the 'disaster' happening Friday at a Fort Lauderdale wastewater treatment plant.
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